Monday, June 8, 2009

New Mexico Film Office & IATSE Local 480 Kick Off Tour to Meet with Native American and Hispanic Residents

ANTA FE-The New Mexico Film Office is teaming up with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 480 for a series of presentations designed to inform Native American and Hispanic residents about potential careers in the movie industry. The first five presentations begin this Thursday, June 11th and will include the personal stories of current employees in the industry, as well as discussions about training opportunities available for New Mexicans.

“We are working to make sure that all New Mexicans have a chance to be a part of this exciting and growing industry,” said Lisa Strout, Director of the New Mexico Film Office. “Through these presentations we are reaching out to interested Hispanic and Native American New Mexicans who may not otherwise be exposed to the opportunities that are available.”

“The state’s efforts to build the state’s movie industry have helped boost the economy and provide good jobs for all New Mexicans,” said Jon Hendry, business manager for IATSE Local 480. “Our members are giving back to their communities by educating others about the business and helping to keep the momentum going.”

The first series of these presentations will be held in communities across central and northern New Mexico:

Thursday, June 11th 2:00p - Navajo Nation visit @ Shiprock | PHIL Theatre
Friday, June 12th 2:00p - Acoma/Laguna visit @ Sky City Cultural Center
Saturday, June 13th 2:00p - Espanola visit @ NNMC Nick Salazar Center for the Arts
Wednesday, June 17th 7:00p - Navajo Nation 2nd visit @ NMSU-Grants Martinez Hall
Friday, June 19th 3:00p - South Valley visit @ Nat’l Hispanic Cultural Center